The divide between younger and older voters has proven a major talking point today
The apparent 'generation gap' has proven one of the most heated talking points in the aftermath of the British referendum on EU membership.
The results of a number of polls have illustrated some very clear divides between different sections of British society - in terms of geography, class, education and more.
However, one of the divides that has provoked most debate today is the huge difference between younger and older voters.
A poll shared by Lord Ashcroft suggests that support for ‘Remain’ could have been as high as 73% between 18-24 year olds - compared to ‘Leave’ support at 60% for those aged 65 or older.
From my 12,000-sample referendum day poll - how Britain voted: pic.twitter.com/IiDGCtB5Wi— Lord Ashcroft (@LordAshcroft) June 24, 2016
Those figures are similar to the stats posted by YouGov ahead of the vote.
The ‘generation gap’ has proven a source of frustration for many people unhappy with the results.
I feel desperately sad for the young people of Britain, whose ambitions have just been destroyed by the 'older' vote!— Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) June 24, 2016
The most depressing data from today. Young people wanted a very different future to the one voted for this morning pic.twitter.com/KdKALbZD5e— Dylan Jones-Evans (@dylanjonesevans) June 24, 2016
The older generation picks what happens, the younger generation has to live with it #EURefResults— Henry Gallagher (@HenryGallagherx) June 24, 2016
Age breakdown on Brexit polls tells underlying story. Older generation voted for a future the younger don't want: pic.twitter.com/kMPECqQF6u— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) June 24, 2016
I'm scared. Jokes aside I'm actually scared. Today an older generation has voted to ruin the future for the younger generation. I'm scared.— Chai Cameron (@MyNamesChai) June 24, 2016
I think if there's a minimum age to vote then there should be a maximum.. #EURefResults— Trixie Kamau (@TrixieKamau28) June 24, 2016
Others called up alleged ageism, and also highlighted that the results show exactly how any democracy works:
u can be critical of leave voters without bringing their intelligence into it / subscribing to blatant classism and ageism— art dad (@trooisms) June 24, 2016
Concerned about free range given to ageism. Let's not create more divides as enough exist already— Ermintrude (@Ermintrude2) June 24, 2016
Dear young people, I was 16 when old people decided my future in 1975. At least we made the right decision for you this time. #EURefResults— Carol McGiffin (@McGiff) June 24, 2016
Everyone is angry with old people, but what about all of the young people that didn't bother voting?— ✐ Oliver Age 24 ✐ (@OliverAge24) June 24, 2016
What a bunch of bad losers the Remainers are turning out to be, egged on by the smarting BBC. Some clearly don't like democracy.— Jim Allister MLA (@JimAllister) June 24, 2016
I wish the remain people would stop complaining, it's a democracy, we are leaving the EU, so let's make it work. Complaining won't help— julia (@juliavaughan_) June 24, 2016